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Greek Agriculture & Gastronomy: A Taste of the Mediterranean

  1. Program Details

    Gain firsthand experience with Greek food industry, agricultural traditions, and their impacts and benefits on Greek life and culture.

    This program is administered by the College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences' Office of International Programs. Applications are processed by the Learning Abroad Center.

    Location Thessaloniki, Multiple Locations, Greece
    Term May Session (Spring Semester)
    Housing Dormitory, Hotel
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.5
    Student Type UofM Students, Non UofM Students
    Student Year Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About Greek Agriculture & Gastronomy: A Taste of the Mediterranean

    Embark on a hands-on educational odyssey beginning at the Perrotis College of Agriculture, Environment and Life Sciences. Located in Thessaloniki, a city founded nearly 2,500 years ago on the shores of the Aegean Sea, its location offers a combination of the best of modern Greece, its agriculture ties, and rich ancient history. 

    Diet comes from the ancient Greek word, “diaita”, which means “a way of living.” While in Greece, you will not only get to enjoy the fresh ingredients of the Mediterranean diet, but also learn how it is a strategy for the prevention of disease and overall well-being. Through visits to industry sites including vineyards and an agricultural cooperative, as well as interactive lectures on topics from olive oil, to European dairy regulations and cheese production, to how Perrotis College was the first to introduce precision agriculture to the Greek economy, you will gain firsthand experience with the Greek food industry and agricultural traditions, and their impacts and benefits on Greek life and culture.  

    Excursions will allow you to learn more about Greek culture and tradition, and will expand on the program coursework. Excursions will take place in Thessaloniki, Athens, Meteora, and coastal Halkidiki.. Excursions in the Thessaloniki area will include: industry visits, city tours, a Greek cooking class, a Greek dance lesson, and visits to local cultural and archaeological sites, including a monastery.

    For more information, please view the program itinerary. Activities subject to change.

    Application Deadline

    December 1, 2019

    Program Dates

    Depart from Minneapolis-Saint Paul: May 16, 2020
    Arrive in Greece: May 17, 2020
    Depart from Greece: June 1, 2020

    Academics

    Students will earn 3 credits for CFAN 3523. In this course, students will:

    • have the opportunity to examine Greek agriculture, food, and culture;
    • have hands-on experiences learning about the impact that Greek cuisine has on the rural development of the country, and how Greeks work to conserve many of their cultural traditions.

    This course fulfills the Global Perspectives liberal education requirement, as well as completes part of the elective requirement for the Nutrition major in the Nutrition Studies track. This course is an embedded Spring semester B/May session course. There will be five 75-minute on-campus, in-person classroom meetings leading up to the program, beginning the week of March 16, 2020. Class times and dates will be finalized in Fall 2019.

    For more detailed information, see the program syllabus.

    Students must both complete the study abroad application and register for this course.

    Program Leader

    Tommy Van Norman is the CFANS Land-Grant Legacy Scholars Program Coordinator. He conducted a site visit to the Perrotis College of Agriculture Environment and Life Sciences in July 2018 and is excited about the opportunities students will have through hands-on learning and cultural excursions while in Greece. He has previously led programs abroad to Spain and Morocco focused on global leadership. Feel free to contact Tommy with any questions at tvannorm@umn.edu.

    Excursions

    Excursions will allow students to learn more about Greek culture and tradition, and will expand on the program coursework. Excursions will take place in Thessaloniki and throughout Greece. Excursions may include: industry visits, city tours, a Greek cooking class, a Greek dance lesson, and visits to local cultural and archaeological sites, including a monastery.

    Program Fee

    Cost of Participation 

    The program fee generally includes tuition, group flight airfare, airport transfers, in-country program related transportation, housing, some meals, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, program administration, and international health insurance. 

    The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences offers grants for study abroad programs; learn more here. Students can learn about financial aid and scholarships through the Learning Abroad Center here

    Programs operated by the CFANS Office of International Programs follow the Learning Abroad Center Cancellation Policy. Before you apply to, or confirm your participation on this program, review the cancellation policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.

    If you are registered for less than 13-credits or if you are a non-UofM student or a UofM graduate student, you will be charged tuition for this course in addition to the program fee.  Notify the Learning Abroad Center if this applies to you.  

    More Information

    Contact the CFANS Office of International Programs at ipglobal@umn.edu.

  3. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term May Session 2020 (Spring on campus course)
    Program Name Greek Agriculture and Gastronomy: A Taste of the Mediterranean
    Track Name Greek Agriculture and Gastronomy: A Taste of the Mediterranean
    Country Greece

    Submit

    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.

    Non-University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Once you submit your application, Learning Abroad Center staff will create a University of Minnesota student internet account for you. You will use this account to access the Education Abroad Application System, and other University of Minnesota services. You will be charged a $50 application fee for this program.

    Our staff will contact you within 2–3 business days with your internet account information, and additional application instructions.

    Complete

    When you submit your online application, you will be assigned an application checklist that includes:

    • First Step session
    • University of Minnesota Student Release and Waiver Form

    Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist.

    Next Steps

    1. You will receive an automated email message indicating your application was received.
    2. Follow the instructions on your application checklist to submit the Student Release and Waiver Form.
    3. Your application is not considered complete until the form has been received and you have completed the First Step module. Your completed application will be forwarded to the program leader in the sponsoring college/department for review.
    4. The program leader will notify the Learning Abroad Center of acceptance decisions. If accepted, you will be notified via email and assigned a confirmation checklist, which includes:
      • Health Information Form
      • Confirmation and Payment Agreement
      • Online Health & Safety Orientation
    5. Login to the online application to review the confirmation checklist and submit the required items.
    6. Once you submit all items, your participation will be confirmed and your student account will be billed for the program deposit.
    7. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application and submit a Cancel Request. You must also notify your program leader of your cancellation.

COVID-19 Update

This program was canceled for May and summer session 2020 due to COVID-19. Check back for more information in June.